The Living And The Dead
To hesitate on the edge of life or to plunge in and risk change -this is the dilemma explored in THE LIVING AND THE DEAD. Patrick White's second novel is set in thirties London and portrays the complex ebb and flow of relationships within the Standish family. Mrs Standish, ageing but still beautiful, is drawn into secret liaisons, while her daughter Eden experiments openly and impulsively with left-wing politics and love affairs. Only the son, Elyot, remains an aloof and scholarly observer - until dramatic events shock him into sudden self-knowledge.
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Patrick White has been hailed as one of the most important English language novelists of the 20th century and today would have marked his 100th birthday. Born on this day in England in 1912 he was then taken to Australia where his father owned a sheep farm. Patrick White was educated in England at Cheltenham College and King's College in Cambridge before settling...
"Scene after scene is worked out with exactness and subtlety which no second-string novelist can scent, far less nail to paper" - Daily Telegraph
"An unmistably major writer who commands a scope, power and sheer technical skill which put other more ambitious novelists into the shade" - A. Alvarez
"Brilliant and masterful" - Nation